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Essay/Internet & Communication

What’s so new about news?

The interesting thing about news has never been its truth or falsehood but how it explodes our sense of onrushing time

Arthur Asseraf

Idea/Internet & Communication

Should you feel sad about the demise of the handwritten letter?

Siobhan Phillips

Essay/History of Technology

Web of war

How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the internet

Sharon Weinberger

Idea/Ethics

Why I am not going to buy a cellphone

Philip Reed

Idea/Cultures & Languages

Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea

Simson L Garfinkel

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Essay/Economics

The great cryptocurrency heist

Blockchain enthusiasts crave a world without bankers, lawyers or fat-cat executives. There's just one problem: trust

E J Spode

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Idea/Internet & Communication

Only governments can safeguard the openness of the internet

Rufus Pollock

Video/Physics

How ticking atoms keep ultra-precise time for globe-connecting technologies

2 minutes

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Essay/History of Technology

The Soviet InterNyet

Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet

Benjamin Peters

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Essay/Internet & Communication

And their eyes glazed over

My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?

Joelle Renstrom

Essay/Internet & Communication

The world wide cage

Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency

Nicholas Carr

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Idea/Physics

What I learned as a hired consultant to autodidact physicists

Sabine Hossenfelder

Idea/Cognition & Intelligence

Overvaluing confidence, we’ve forgotten the power of humility

Jacob Burak

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Essay/Data & Information

Datagasm

Ever-faster feedback loops and micro-targeted digital porn are pushing human sexuality into some seriously weird places

Mark Hay

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Essay/Data & Information

‘Big data is people!’

The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires

Rebecca Lemov

ORIGINAL
Video/Human Rights

Free speech is vital to human flourishing, but it’s in a decade-long slump

5 minutes

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Essay/Internet & Communication

In proof we trust

Blockchain technology will revolutionise far more than money: it will change your life. Here’s how it actually works

Dominic Frisby

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Essay/Digital Culture

The ages of distraction

Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it

Frank Furedi

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Video/Data & Information

The information age traffics in speed. To adapt to it wisely, we must slow down

5 minutes

Idea/Data & Information

Doing more with less: the economic lesson of Peak Paper

John Quiggin

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Essay/Cities

Work imitates life

The utopian workplace is here, complete with roof gardens, therapists and time to nap. Can the employee ever escape?

Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey

Video/Art

Digital art can help us see and judge the internet before it consumes everything

6 minutes

Video/Education

For six years, Mahabir Pun hiked two days each month just to check his emails

9 minutes

Idea/Digital Culture

It’s time to give up on the ideal of perfect privacy online

Woodrow Hartzog & Evan Selinger

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Essay/Internet & Communication

User behaviour

Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?

Michael Schulson

Essay/Subcultures

Amish.biz

The Amish are online, onscreen, and multiplying fast. In their battle with modernity, it’s tough to say who’s winning

Kevin Williams

Essay/Data & Information

Broken links

When no ancient chat or post is beyond the grasp of Google, what matters more: the right to forget, or to be remembered?

Alana Massey

Video/Human Rights

How we confuse the ‘intended uses of technology with the actual uses’

11 minutes

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Essay/Data & Information

The hacker hacked

The hacker ethos is wild and anarchic, indifferent to the trappings of success. Or it was, until the gentrifiers moved in

Brett Scott

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Essay/Digital Culture

Pornucopia

Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships – are they right?

Maria Konnikova